Wetland group hoped to be formed after community meeting

WONDER WETLAND: Residents Neil Jones, Stephen Nugent, Fiona Hawke, Rosemary and Doug Stapleton and Nick King hope to start a group to promote Orange's wetlands. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0608jkwetlands1
WONDER WETLAND: Residents Neil Jones, Stephen Nugent, Fiona Hawke, Rosemary and Doug Stapleton and Nick King hope to start a group to promote Orange's wetlands. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0608jkwetlands1

IT’S a place to watch birds, walk pets and enjoy a quiet cup of coffee and residents are keen to ensure Ploughmans Wetland continues to develop. 

A community meeting has been called on Wednesday from 5pm at Wentworth Golf Club to discuss ideas and ways residents and Orange City Council can work together on tree plantings and other projects. 

Former councillor and nearby resident Neil Jones hoped a wetland care group could be formed.

“Planting days are just one practical way that residents can contribute,” he said.

Mr Jones said building on the wetland’s footpath network, a platform for birds and extra seating had previously been raised.

Fiona Hawke said her two daughters had been involved in previous planting days and were able to appreciate their labours as they grew older. 

“They bring it up as we’re driving around, they say I remember that,” she said. 

Doug and Rosemary Stapleton recently bought a house nearby and wanted to see better footpath and cycleway connectivity between the wetland and neighbouring housing estates. 

“We spent quite a bit of time here and we see a lot of people here walking, it’s an attractive area,” Mr Stapleton said. 

Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange president Nick King said the organisation would also support residents’ efforts. 

Councillor Stephen Nugent said it was a good example of how the council and community could work together.

“Groups like this can benefit from working on projects together and can also be the eyes and ears of thecommunity when it comes to bringing new ideas to the council.”

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